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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 17, 2005 / 14 Tishrei, 5766

Why Miers? After 9-11, priorities shifted

By Jonathan Gurwitz


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I have no idea whether Harriet Miers is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Neither do most of the other pundits who, despite decrying the dearth of public information about Miers, have become instant experts on her nomination.

Miers is a Bush crony. Miers could be a strict constructionist phony. Big deal.

Who ever heard of a president appointing a personal friend to the Supreme Court?

Well, Democrats — and Texas Democrats, in particular.

In the 1948 Texas Democratic primary, Lyndon Johnson achieved his "landslide," 87-vote victory over Coke Stevenson for the U.S. Senate seat. He did so with belated, amended returns from Precinct 13 in Jim Wells County.

Stevenson contested the results all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where LBJ friend and attorney Abe Fortas succeeded in quashing the legal challenge.

Seventeen years later, President Johnson appointed Fortas to the high court. As part of a scandal-ridden and ultimately failed attempt to promote Fortas to chief justice in 1968, LBJ nominated his old Austin pal Homer Thornberry to succeed Fortas as associate justice.

Republicans, meanwhile, should remember Robert Bork, the effort to "bork" Clarence Thomas and the principle that presidents should send their Supreme Court nominees to the Senate for advice and consent without getting the advance, unanimous approval of every special interest.

Now some Republicans are outborking the Democrats. Without a hint of irony, Bork himself has called the Miers nomination "a disaster on every level."

The disaster, by this telling, has two dimensions. First, Miers lacks the proper educational, judicial and Federalist Society pedigree. John Roberts — Harvard, Harvard Law, Rehnquist clerk and Reagan administration attorney — was the consummate nominee for the conservative establishment.

Miers — SMU, SMU Law, a Texas clerkship and a Dallas legal practice — is no Roberts. But as Texas Sen. John Cornyn pointed out in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Miers would fill an important gap on the Supreme Court as someone who understands the consequences of the court's decisions for the American people.

With the exception of Roberts, none of the sitting justices has been an advocate in a court of law in more than two decades. They've ruled from behind the bench.

They've taught from behind the lectern. And from these locations or from a farmhouse in New Hampshire, the court's recent Kelo decision against private property rights makes perfect legal sense.

Someone who has been the president of the Texas Bar Association and represented Microsoft hardly qualifies as a tribune of the people. But Miers' political and professional career brings her a step closer to the citizenry.

The second dimension of Bork's perceived disaster concerns social conservatism's keystone issues. Yes, Miers is judicially inscrutable, but not appreciably more so than Roberts and certainly not in such a way that conservatives should now be committing political hari-kari as Howard Dean looks on with glee.

Bush has essentially said to his core constituency, "Trust me." Having elected him twice, they should at least wait for Miers to face the Senate Judiciary Committee before pulling out their knives.

At the same time, conservatives should realize the top policy priority for this administration — and potentially many administrations to come — is the war on terror. That explains much about a nomination so many people find to be so inexplicable.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has said Miers will face vigorous questioning as a result of her lack of judicial experience and scholarship. And well she should. If in the course of that questioning the Senate determines she's not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, it should reject her nomination.

But not because she's friends with the president, not because she didn't go to Harvard, not because she worked in Dallas rather than Washington and not because constitutional issues regarding war and peace have the potential to supersede traditional, domestic concerns.

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JWR contributor Jonathan Gurwitz, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, is a co-founder and twice served as Director General of the Future Leaders of the Alliance program at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. In 1986 he was placed on the Foreign Service Register of the U.S. State Department.Comment by clicking here.

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